The Conservative Party in Great Britain won an overwhelming majority in Parliament, keeping Prime Minister Boris Johnson in office. Brexit, or the British exit from the European Union, will now likely take place, three years after citizens voted on a Conservative-backed referendum.
Although Great Britain does not work on a two-party system like in America, the Labour Party is the major opposition to the Conservatives, almost like the Democrat Party in America. The Labour Party is strongly against Brexit and prefers a globalist form of government.
The fate of Brexit was in jeopardy for years and resulted in Prime Minister Theresa May leaving office for failure to deliver on the policy. Many floated the idea of a second referendum, but the Conservative Party victory solidified the desire for Brexit by the British people.
It is common to draw parallels between the United States and United Kingdom politics, because the trends usually correlate. When people voted in favor of Brexit in the summer of 2016, some claim it helped predict a Trump election win that fall.
The confirmed interest in Brexit and the Trump presidency are both indicators of a rise in nationalism globally. Post World War II and the Cold War intergovernmental organizations like NATO, the European Union, and the United Nations were first intended to build strong alliances and collectively protect nations from warfare. Unfortunately, major nations like the United Kingdom have been carrying the weight of struggling countries such as Greece, forcing them to prioritize other nations before their own. Brexit gives Great Britain more room to focus on their domestic interests, instead of worrying about the European Union, which essentially operates as a second government. This is similar to President Trump pulling from the Paris Climate Accord because the United States was paying significantly more money compared to other major world powers.
Nationalism taken to an extreme is dangerous, but putting increased focus on domestic issues as opposed to global problems is effective and necessary for countries to do. Lives improve when the emphasis is on the common person’s daily life. Once the quality of life generally gets better for individuals, the focus will return to global issues. But as soon as these bridges become lackluster, people finally wake up to the reality of their own nation. It is a cycle that will continue for decades to come.
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